A joint investigation between the United States Federal Trade Commission, the United States Department of Justice, and the United States Postal Inspection Service in 2017 resulted in a settlement of USD $586 million with Western Union for aiding and abetting wire fraud. Wire fraud in this instance includes the payment to scammers and fraudsters of victims funds via a Western Union money remittance service. In an unprecedented move for victims of this type of fraud, the Federal Trade Commission have invited overseas residents the opportunity to claim reimbursement from the funding provided by Western Union.
IDCARE has been liaising directly with the team responsible for this matter at the United States Federal Trade Commission as well as relevant Australian and New Zealand government agency stakeholders. This advice aims to provide further guidance from these discussions to impacted residents. The advice should not be construed as legal advice; IDCARE is not a law firm, rather our advice aims to assist individuals in their decision to submit a claim via the United States Government.
For more information please see the claim guidance link below.